ENGR 4012 Industrial Design Major Project (Ideation)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301297

Coordinator Jean Payette Opens in new window

Description In this capstone subject students will immerse themselves in a complex real-world design problem and apply their expertise in conceptualisation, problem solving, human factors and aesthetics to create a novel solution. User-centred design, digital futures and sustainable design practice underpin all learning activities. A multidisciplinary approach is fostered, whereby students will engage with industry experts and community groups reinforcing the role of the graduate designer as an empathetic innovator.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) ENGR 4020 OR
ENGR 4004


Must be enrolled in undergraduate program: Bachelor of Industrial Design (3730) and have completed a minimum of 220 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate research and design in relation to design project brief requirements
  2. Produce advanced design research.
  3. Generate a wide range of design concepts that respond to an advanced design project brief.
  4. Present an evidence-based design solution that responds to user requirements, highlights differentiated innovation, and integrates sustainability principles.
  5. Generate engaging, professional graphic communication and physical modelling that explains design research findings to a wide audience.

Subject Content

-Development of a design brief addressing a complex problem.
-Project management technique
-Applied and continuous iterative design process
-Utilisation of research methods to undertake background investigation of the design problem
-Design conceptualisation through annotated visuals such as graphic layouts, process diary, and working drawings.
-Application of inclusive design principles, sustainable design practice, human centred design, innovative design practice.
-Exploratory specification report on materials, manufacturing, technical package
-Engineering drawing documentation
-Model making of exploratory models and prototypes


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Literature Review 3,000 words Research report 15%; Design brief 10% 25 N Individual
Applied Project 3 X A3 portfolios Visual concept/conceptual drawings 15%; Specification report 15% 30 N Individual
Applied Project 1 X explanatory physical model 1:1 scale 45 N Individual